Thursday, January 7, 2010

Another Scandal for Commentator Mike Smith

Ralph Lawler, left and Mike Smith, right

Back in November, I noted the ridiculous announcing actions of one Mike Smith of the Los Angeles Clippers, when he repeatedly made off-color ethnic jokes at the expense of an Iranian NBA player.

Smith is in hot water for being a crook, too:

Los Angeles Clippers commentator Michael Smith is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Orange County Superior Court on charges of stealing $735,000 from a retired schoolteacher in a development deal gone bad, authorities said.

Smith, 44, and Bruce Howard Furst, 57, both of Laguna Beach, are charged with grand theft in connection with the Dana Point project, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Smith persuaded the former teacher, who has an inoperable brain tumor, to use his paid-off Dana Point home as collateral for the $735,000 loan on the project, according to prosecutors.

Smith and Furst are accused of promising the victim that his loan was guaranteed. The project never materialized, prosecutors said.

Mr. Smith has some ethical and moral blind spots, I see.

You wouldn't know this from looking at the website for the Clippers--on their main website, they have an ad feature of news stories that hasn't been updated in about six weeks.

How can you have a website and, during your season, have a feature in plain site that doesn't update for six weeks? What an organization.

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